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Sunday September 23rd 2018

Kindergarten Cop | 1990

Kindergarten Cop filming location: Astor Elementary School, Franklin Avenue, Astoria, Oregon
Kindergarten Cop location: Det Kimble takes a teaching post at 'Astoria Elementary School’: Astor Elementary School, Franklin Avenue, Astoria, Oregon | Photograph: Wikimedia / Another Believer

Odd mix of cutesy kidsy comedy with violent bookends.

The mall in the opening scene is Main Place Mall, 2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana, in Los Angeles.

Flying from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, Det John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) drives along the scenic Route 26, Sunset Highway, through Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, to Astoria, the ‘San Francisco of the Northwest’, a Victorian gingerbread town at the mouth of the Columbia River (already familiar from The Goonies and Short Circuit).

‘Astoria Elementary School’, where he takes a teaching post under headmistress Miss Schlowski (Linda Hunt), is Astor Elementary School, 3550 Franklin Avenue, with its glorious views over the Columbia River and the spectacular toll bridge to Washington State.